Category Archives: Science

MAYBE STATINS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO TRY TO PREVENT ALZHEIMER’S.

MAYBE STATINS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO TRY TO PREVENT ALZHEIMER’S. Dr. Zissimopoulos identifies the problems with not following FDA requirements for clinical tests before prescribing statins for the prevention of Alzheimer’s: “Some people with a family history of Alzheimer’s might … Continue reading

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WHAT SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT EVIDENCE THAT STATINS MAY DELAY ALZHEIMER’S?

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT EVIDENCE THAT STATINS MAY DELAY ALZHEIMER’S? Julie Zissimopoulos in this article on the Statnews website lays out the difficult options in assessing new possible uses for older drugs which are off-patent. Random controlled trials are … Continue reading

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT LAB MICE FOR AN EXPERIMENT.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT LAB MICE FOR AN EXPERIMENT. I posted here in 2009 about Richard Feynman’s lecture on how to eliminate possible alternative explanations in a controlled experiment. Feynman described how an experimenter named Young was trying to train rats … Continue reading

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MINNESOTA NICE AND THE ZIPPER MERGE.

MINNESOTA NICE AND THE ZIPPER MERGE. When a driver knows that his lane is going to end, but waits until the last possible moment to change lanes, it is called a “zipper merge”. I posted here in 2014 that Washington … Continue reading

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HOW JET LAG AFFECTS BASEBALL GAMES.

HOW JET LAG AFFECTS BASEBALL GAMES. Nick sent me this article by George Dvorsky on the Gizmodo site about the effects of jet lag on the performance of baseball players. The article reports on a study by Ravi Allada and … Continue reading

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THE HAWKING INDEX.

THE HAWKING INDEX. This article by Joseph Brean in the National Post has a good explanation of how the Hawking Index is calculated. The Index, which was devised by Jordan Ellenberg, a mathematician at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is … Continue reading

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YOU TOO CAN FIND MICROMETEORIC DUST IN THE GUTTERS OF YOUR HOUSE.

YOU TOO CAN FIND MICROMETEORIC DUST IN THE GUTTERS OF YOUR HOUSE. Here is an article on the IFLSCIENCE website which tells you “How To Find Micrometeorites In Your Home”. You too can find dust that existed before the creation … Continue reading

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A NONSCIENTIST FINDS DUST FROM SPACE IN CITY GUTTERS.

A NONSCIENTIST FINDS DUST FROM SPACE IN CITY GUTTERS. I posted here about how the Galaxy Zoo website uses the efforts of thousands of nonscientists to make classifications of galaxies to select galaxies for further study. Now nonscientists are researching … Continue reading

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MICROMETEORIC DUST FROM OUTER SPACE.

MICROMETEORIC DUST FROM OUTER SPACE. I began this blog marveling (here) that traces from the Big Bang caused radio static today on earth. So I marveled to read that micrometeoric dust which was in existence before the formation of the … Continue reading

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PAINTING WITH UNSTABLE PAINT.

PAINTING WITH UNSTABLE PAINT. This article by Barbara Haislip at the Barron’s website deals with the economic problems for art collectors presented by the use by contemporary artists of unstable paint. It is entitled: “How Stable is Your Rothko?” Haislip … Continue reading

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